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Raiders: Adaptation at Mann's Chinese Theater
06/05/08, 3:48pm EST

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Chris, Eric and Jayson -- aka The Raiders' Guys -- are having their big Los Angeles Premiere of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation next Wednesday, May 14th, at Mann's Chinese Theatre!

And they are doing it right: Red carpet walk up, sponsor wall with media and press, film’s name on marquee! And all proceeds goes to the Festival of Children Foundation!!

Here follows the full press release with all the pertinent details.

Teenagers’ Tribute Called the ‘Greatest Fan Film Yet’

All proceeds to benefit the FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization.

It took seven summers to make, required a cast of, well, dozens, and included the star’s first on and off-screen kiss, but Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, has become a favorite of film festivals around the world. Scott Rudin bought the rights to the filmmakers’ story for a Paramount feature film, and Steven Spielberg to Eli Roth to Quentin Tarantino have declared themselves fans of the film. Now the 100 minute feature will make its Los Angeles premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theater, at a one-night-only screening on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30pm.

Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos were just 12 years old when they set out to make their own shot-by-shot re-creation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. They finished at age 19. By saving up their allowances, hijacking younger siblings, and setting Eric’s basement on fire, they used astonishing ingenuity to make a film that is surprisingly entertaining, even stunning. It’s been hailed as the “greatest fan film yet” by, “the best damn fan film I have ever seen… pure magic” by Harry Knowles, and “phenomenal” by Wes Craven.

For 15 years, Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Adaptation was nearly a forgotten masterpiece, until Harry Knowles obtained a copy from Eli Roth and screened it at his film festival. It became an instant phenomenon, featured in Vanity Fair, The Today Show, and NPR, but because of rights issues, the young filmmakers have carefully controlled the film’s venues.

“Due to copyright issues, revenue from the screenings of our film must go to a non-profit organization” noted Strompolos, “a reason why we’re very selective about where we screen.”

“We’ve shown this film all over the world,” says Zala,” and it’s still exciting to us to see the reaction. It makes the near-permanent loss of my eyebrows during filming well worth it.”

Scott Rudin purchased their story rights and the feature film about their childhood adventures, with Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) penning the script is in active development by Paramount.

Wednesday, May 14 -- 7:30 PM
Mann’s Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tickets will be available to purchase in advance online at the Mann Theatre website on Wednesday May 7th and at the Mann Chinese Theatre Box Office.


All proceeds to benefit the Festival of Children Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Open to public

Ironically, Chris, Eric and Jayson have been shown their little Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation from Sitka, Alaska to Australia, they’ve never had a public screening in LA.

A big thanks to Eric Zala for the information.

Posted by Gilles V


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